How Many Sets Should You Perform Each Week To Increase Strength?

In last week's blog post, I wrote about the importance of protein intake for weight and fat loss. Protein is an essential macronutrient for muscle maintenance and growth. However, protein by itself won't do much for muscle growth unless you combine it with some form of resistance training. Unfortunately for most people, our current way of life doesn’t elicit enough physical stress to strengthen our muscles. We sit behind a desk and work on a computer for most of the day.

A sedentary lifestyle combined with a lack of resistance training will cause our muscles to wither away and atrophy. A decrease in muscle mass will increase one’s risk for gaining body fat. To prevent this from happening, we must increase our strength through resistance training. An increase in strength tends to be associated with an increase in muscle mass (1).  

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Walking In Nature Reduces Stress Level, Blood Pressure, and Heart Rate

Last weekend I traveled to South Lake Tahoe, California to hike for the weekend. If you were like me and never heard of Tahoe before, then you need to set aside some vacation days and head there. Now, Tahoe isn't just for hiking and being one with nature. There are plenty of places to party and socialize including casino's, bars, and live music. So of course, I gambled, drank and stayed up all night.

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Strengthen Your Core With These 11 Swiss Ball Exercises

The exercise ball, also known as the Swiss Ball, was developed in 1963 by Aquilino Cosani, an Italian plastics manufacturer. According to Wikipedia, the term "Swiss Ball" was used when American physical therapists began to use those techniques in North America after witnessing their benefits in Switzerland. And According to Dwight Schrute (my favorite character from The Office), "This ab workout is specifically designed to strengthen your core. It has numerous health benefits, strengthens your back, better performance in sports, more enjoyable sex." I agree with Dwight and the physical therapists. But is there any research to back these claims?

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8 Week Core Conditioning Program

Below you will find the core conditioning program I use with my clients. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the abdominals, obliques, glutes, and hips. To do the program correctly you must perform all six exercises in sequential order with minimal rest between sets. For example, you would perform one set of each exercise. After you complete the six exercises, you will take minimal rest and repeat the circuit.

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